What We're About
WOW! was founded in July 2009 by seven artists who met at an art retreat and became fast friends. Simply put, these artists wanted to keep painting together and made that happen. They called themselves "Women of Watercolor".
Over time, the name changed to "Wild Over Watercolor", or " WOW!" for short, and the group has seen members come and go over the years. The mission, however, has remained the same. Friends still get together, socialize, paint together, and create vibrant and exciting art with each other's support. More experienced members and emerging artists learn from each other informally and formally, through encouraging critiques, demonstrations and conversation. We also try to schedule workshops where accomplished artists come to us to share their particular expertise. One of the benefits of membership is a discounted price for these workshops and participation in WOW shows. Our goals have always been to help each other grow and succeed as artists in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Members of WOW! enjoy getting together in a friendly atmosphere for our various art activities. We schedule Group Painting Sessions throughout the year and plan other activities such as social gatherings, outdoor painting field trips, demos, and incoming artists to conduct workshops for our members.
Our main activity is painting together in our Group Painting Session (GPS) both in person and on Zoom. We schedule in person GPSs three afternoons each month at two facilities; twice at the Tualatin Heritage Center and once at the Keizer Arts Center. Additionally, WOW! meets and paints weekly on Zoom. Members can paint on Zoom GPS each Wednesdays and/or one Friday of each month. We are so glad that we adopted Zoom as a venue for our GPSs, meetings, and art activities during COVID. It connects our artists and provides another way for them to stay involved in their art, allowing WOW! to continue its mission of artists painting together and supporting one another.
Tualatin Heritage Center
8700 SW Sweek Drive
Tualatin, OR 97062
Keizer Arts Center
980 Chemawa Road NE
Keizer, OR 97303
WOW! is led by an executive board of elected officers and appointed Committee Chairpersons. WOW! is an unincorporated business association by legal definition, and while we are an art oriented social club, WOW! behaves like a non-profit with a mission to benefit members and non-members alike. WOW! does not actively fund raise, but rather supports itself through good fiscal governance and cheerful volunteerism. Each member is encouraged to devote some time and effort according to their skills and interests, as there is always something to do.
Board of Directors:
President: Angela Wrahtz
Vice President: Open
Secretary: Terry Schmidt
Acting Treasurer: Angela Wrahtz
Webmaster: Karen Berg
Hospitality: Nola Pear
Becoming a Member
The best way to become a member of WOW! is to reach out to a current member of WOW! and let them welcome you to an upcoming activity and introduce you to our people. If you decide you would like to join us, we will send you an application to fill out.
Our fiscal year runs from January through December so dues are payable in December for returning members. Dues are currently $30 per year. If you join midyear, they are prorated to $20. There is a facilities fee for each GPS (Group Painting Session) of $5.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact one of our officers below.
Get in Touch
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